A Lawrence man pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated incest, for engaging in sexual activity with his 16-year-old daughter, said the Office of Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson.
The 35-year-old man entered his plea after a jury was selected to hear the case and opening arguments were delivered, prosecutors said. The defendant is not being named by the Lawrence Journal-World, to protect the identity of the victim who shares his last name.
Prosecutors said the man engaged in sexual relations with his child between Sept. 1, 2008, and Oct. 16, 2008. Lawrence police said the crime occurred in more than one location.
Officers began investigating the case when the victim’s out-of-state mother reported finding sexual pictures on her daughter’s cell phone, prosecutors said. The defendant was arrested in January.
“If not for an alert parent, this victim could have continued to be abused,” Branson said in a news release. “I urge all parents to talk to your kids about what they are doing online and on their phone.”
Branson's office said the suspect faces between 31 months and 136 months in prison, depending on his criminal history. He’s scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Paula Martin at 9 a.m. Sept. 4.